July 23, 2016 |
Job applicants no longer need to disclose any criminal history when applying to work for Montgomery County, which on Thursday joined cities and counties across the country in waiving the requirement. The new policy is aimed at helping those who are leaving jail find employment and reduce their chances of being rearrested, said Josh Shapiro, chairman of the county commissioners. "Montgomery County has now officially banned the box, and that is the box that often shuts people out from second chances," he said, referring to the box that candidates check on applications if they have been convicted of a crime.
July 23, 2016
By David Spigelmyer While the daily headlines and nonstop, 24-hour news cycles focus overwhelmingly on issues that often divide the nation, it can be easy to lose sight of where common ground exists and what shared commitments bring us together. And there's more that unites us - business and labor as well as Republicans, Democrats, and independents - than divides us. While division might drive TV ratings and social-media clicks, it's no secret that all Americans support a stronger economy with low unemployment; a thriving manufacturing sector that creates middle-class jobs for families; and a healthier, cleaner environment for our kids and grandkids.
July 21, 2016 |
The city of Philadelphia is on a hiring spree, sparked by the recently passed sweetened-beverage tax. More than two dozen jobs have been posted since last week, and city officials say more are on the way. They range from data analysts and school-health specialists to a workforce manager for a prekindergarten expansion, all listed as the city prepares to launch both the tax and the programs it will fund. "These are important early steps that we need to take to make sure the programs are implemented effectively," city finance director Rob Dubow said.
July 21, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Just three weeks before Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's criminal trial is scheduled to begin, her top aides interviewed the son of a key witness against her for a job in her office, raising questions of conflict and concerns about inappropriate influence. Matthew Peifer was interviewed in the Norristown office of the Attorney General's Office on Monday morning by Kane's chief of staff, Jonathan Duecker, and another agent, according to two people familiar with the meeting.
July 17, 2016 |
More than 66,000 Pennsylvanians worked last year in the clean energy industry at 5,900 businesses, up 15.7 percent from 2014, according to a report compiled by two advocacy groups. About 53,000 Pennsylvanians work in the energy-efficiency sector, including manufacturers of equipment and installers of high-efficiency systems, according to the report by the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance and Environmental Entrepreneurs. Another 8,800 worked in renewable energy, including about 5,200 who spend at least half their time working in solar.
July 15, 2016 |
Cynthia Figueroa took the lectern Wednesday as the new head of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services - an agency under sanctions, overwhelmed with an increase in children, and struggling with depleted employee morale - and let out a loud, "Woo-hoo!" "I'm excited. I'm so excited!" Figueroa, 43, said to energetic applause from the crowd gathered in the Mayor's Reception Room. "I know it's a huge challenge, but I don't care. I'm excited. There's a lot of work for us to do, and our interests of children have to be first and not the politics of the work.
July 14, 2016 |
Question: I thought you were right on in your answer to B. from Maine about who pays for dates (Feb. 2). You were correct to suggest kindness. However, I think your answer was a little simplistic when you said, "Note, none of these rules is gender-specific," including, "if you ask someone to dinner, you pay. " Let's be real: The rules are not gender-specific, but the rituals are. Who does most of the asking? Our culture's courtship rituals are based upon gender roles of previous generations.
July 13, 2016 |
Black lives matter, no doubt. But what will often make a crucial difference in those black lives are good jobs. "Anytime there is economic insecurity, you see racial tensions like we have now," Derrick Johnson, president for the Mississippi State Conference for the NAACP, told about 75 workers, labor leaders and activists gathered at City Hall on Monday. Monday's conference, sponsored by two of the nation's largest labor unions, follows six days of local protests over fatal shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana.
July 12, 2016 |
When Chutong Tan, 21, came to the United States from China four years ago, she spoke just a few words of English. After her first day at Solomon Charter School in Chinatown, she was in tears, said her stepfather, Allan Wong. Solomon offered no formal language support. Tan soon transferred to Furness High School in South Philadelphia, and things began to turn around. At Furness, where nearly half of the students are English language learners (ELLs), Tan said, she felt much more comfortable.
July 11, 2016 |
The nation's roller-coaster job market rocketed to a peak in June after plunging even lower than originally reported in May. The U.S. Labor Department's report released Friday morning shows that the nation added an impressive 287,000 jobs in June, a marked contrast to the 38,000 jobs added in May. That number was revised downward on Friday to a meager 11,000. While economists all agreed that May's meager number was an anomaly, the June report amounted to a giant exhale, as Georgetown University professor and former U.S. Department of Labor chief economist Harry Holzer wrote in an email.